A resume is a brief, concise document that presents and effectively sells your most relevant and positive credentials for employment, admission to graduate school, consideration for a scholarship or fellowship, or other professional purpose.

How to write a resume

An effective resume features strong content in a complementary form. The purpose of a resume is to motivate the reader to want to learn more about you in an interview.

Resume types

Chronological resume outline

A chronological resume presents your education and work experience in a straightforward, reverse chronological order.

Sample chronological resume outline

Combination resume outline

The combination chronological/functional resume uses elements of both styles. In this case, official position titles may be given functional titles describing skills utilized on the job.

Sample combination resume outline

Functional resume outline

A functional resume differs from a chronological resume by concentrating on skills that you have used that relate to your objective rather than on jobs you have had.

Sample functional resume outline

Curriculum Vitae (CV) outline

A CV is typically developed by those with graduate education who are pursuing position in teaching or research in a university or research setting.

Sample CV outline

Sample resumes

For more resume samples and tips, visit the UW Career Guide

A video overview on resumes

Additional resume writing videos:

Tailoring a resume to the employer
Bullet-Points: How to describe your experience in your resume
Technical Resumes 101
Resumes for international students

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